Location: Located amidst verdant green forests, Nilkantha Mahadev Temple is a popular pilgrimage site in Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located about 28 km away from Rishikesh.
Description: Nilkantha Mahadev Temple is flawlessly placed at the confluence of two water streams, River Pankaja and River Madhumati. Nilkantha Mahadev Temple is regarded as the most religious place in Haridwar district. Lord Shiva is the main deity worshipped by Hindu devotees in this temple. According to Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva once drank the poison obtained during churning the sea. After consuming the poison, called Kalakoot, the throat of the deity turned blue in color and that is how Lord Shiva got the name Nilkantha. It is believed that the incident occurred at the same place where the shrine is currently located. During Mahashivaratri, a festival celebrated in the month of Shraavana, lacks of devotees from all across India throng the shrine to get a sight of Lord Shiva. The rising tower over the shrine is adorned with sculptures of various Hindu gods and goddesses depicting the churning of the sea. A natural spring is another attraction where you may take a holy dip.
Activities: Surroundings of Nilkantha Mahadev Temple offer magnificent views of Brahmkot, Vishnukot and Manikot valleys, where you can spend your day enjoying the natural beauty and taking photographs.